Cape Town - Maritzburg
United coach Fadlu Davids praised his players for turning in a top
performance to help the Team of Choice beat Mamelodi Sundowns 3-1 in
Sunday's Nedbank Cup semi-final.
Despite going an early goal down to a Gaston Sirino strike, goals
from Lebohang Maboe, Mxolisi Kunene and Fortune Makaringe ensured the
victory went to the outfit from Pietermaritzburg.
The win sets up an interesting final against Free State Stars on 19
May, with Ea Lla Koto disposing of Kaizer Chiefs in their semi-final
Speaking to SuperSport after the triumph, Davids said: "We
shouldn't be too flattered with the score, the main thing is that we are
through to the final for the first time in the Club’s history.
"I'm so proud of the players and the amount of effort that they put
in, not only today but from the beginning of the season. From the first
day of the pre-season.
"I hope that they can start believing how good they are. I've been
telling them since the first game of the season. Start believing how
good you really are.
"Tactically they follow instructions to the tee. That is what it is
about. On the other hand you have to give Sundowns credit. In the first
half they really closed us up. Conceding in the first two minutes of the
game was disappointing, but that is where I want to commend my
"You can easily drop your heads and take it in a bad way, but we
acted positively and in the second half we showed them. We couldn't
really unlock them, but that was through no fault of our own due to
Pitso (Mosimane) and him analysing the spaces that we want to use."